As summer draws to a close (sigh), it’s time to start thinking about kit that’ll keep you out and about during the inevitable rain, wind and storms to come next season. Adidas Terrex are fairly new on the outdoor scene, but have made a splash with some well priced and neatly designed clobber. The Cocona is an impressive jacket with a bunch of good features worthy of the price tag.
We tested this jacket in a proper South-West England summer downpour, and it came out tops. The close fit of the womens style (which is nicely shaped at the waist rather than the more usual shapeless sack style), and the nice snug fit of the hood worked to keep the water out of the edges, and the fabric can’t be faulted.
The fabric is tough and seemed durable for the test period (4 months) but the fabric is so lightweight that we wouldn’t be so confident of it coping with sustained stress. We would be particularly wary about wearing a backpack during a longer hike and would prefer to revert to my heavier duty jacket for that, or anything more ‘serious’ i.e. more alpine. However, this jacket is great for racing the longer races or if you need a lightweight fully waterproof shell. Adidas is definitely starting to produce some ‘proper’ outdoor kit on a par with other more established brands.
Of particular note is the hood, which is crucial in a jacket when seeing traffic or even just reading the map is necessary. The cocona is structured so that it is easy and comfortable to swivel the head (e.g. for checking both ways when out running in the rain). For me, this was a great improvement over other jackets we have tried.
Also the back is cut so that it doesn’t expose the ‘bum strip’ or kidneys when in cycle position, and the arms are comfortable in both the swinging arms position for running, and bent over the handle bars.
There are few negative points to the Cocona, but it is worth mentioning that the fit is very snug. It is definitely a jacket for when you are out exerting yourself and generating heat. The snug fit means that you will only fit one layer underneath, so this is not the jacket if you want to go out walking in the hills all day.
- Lightweight fabric
- Women’s fit
- Excellent hood design
- A touch on the snug side for layering
Adidas are really fighting at the pointy end of the outdoor gear battle for supremacy now, and the Cocona is testament to their growing expertise in the areas. The jacket is well-designed with women in mind and definitely doesn’t shy away from durable features which can tackle the elements head on.
Used for: Running, trekking, road biking, mountain biking, adventure racing
What Adidas says about the Cocona jacket: Dominate fast, technical routes in this adidas Terrex Cocona 2.5-Layer Jacket, built with Cocona® technology for excellent moisture management and a dry-touch interior for full weather protection against wind and rain. This jacket is cut with an outdoor-specific FORMOTION® fit and features a fully adjustable hood.
- FORMOTION® – a unique design cut that mimics the shape of the body in motion for better fit and greater comfort in the outdoors (i.e. the jacket is cut in the shape of the body running instead of in the anatomical shape – this means more fabric is given to the shoulder and elbows so when you lift your arms the torso of the jacket doesn’t rise like with typical jacket).
- Front zip pockets with mesh lining
- Full zip with inner storm flap
- Helmet-compatible hood with drawcord for adjustable fit
- Raglan sleeves for freedom of movement
- Ventilation zips
- Hook-and-loop adjustable wrist straps
- All seams taped
- Cocona® fabric technology uses activated carbon for moisture-releasing cooling, odour resistance and 50+ SPF UV protection